Luis Munoz

Born: August 19, 1953    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Luis Munoz

In 2010, Luis Muñoz returned with “Invisble”, feauturing once again David Binney, (winner of both Downbeat Critics’ and Readers’ polls, 2007), on alto sax, Jonathan Dane on trumpet, plus special vocal appearances by the wonderful Guyanan singer Lois Mahalia and by Brazilian sensation Téka.

In January of 2013 Luis releases “LUZ”, featuring singers Magos Herrera and Teka. With this new project, Luis Muñoz confirms his place as a music visionary, and as one of the today’s most sensitive, melodic and talented Jazz composers.


ACAM Award for Jazz Composer/Producer of the Year (2004 and 2010) in Latin America
”It is, simply put, one of the best Latin jazz ventures of the year...Brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed, Vida is a vital testimony to Luis Muñoz's artistic genius. Indispensable! **** (4 stars).” (Todd S. Jenkins, Downbeat magazine)

One of the top ten best Jazz CDs of 2004... “And hands down, the coolest Latin Jazz disc of the year... Phenomenal”


“A masterpiece.”

(Mark Holston, Hispanic magazine)

”A truly monumental work… Enticing and rewarding from beginning to end.” (Americas magazine)

”Vida is simply one of the most tantalizing, brilliant and enjoyable discs of the year. It will likely make my year-end top 10.”

(Mark Gallo,

“An stellar offering of passionate, new music, an astounding recording, extremely spiritual, compelling. VIDA is splendid.”

(Paula Edelstein, Sounds of Timeless Jazz)

”Luis Muñoz se encuentra en la cima de una madurez conceptual.” (Alberto Zúñiga, La Nación, Costa Rica)

“VIDA is easily Muñoz's most complete album to date, both reflective and adventurous, present and, without a doubt, deeply soulful.” (Steven Libowitz, Montecito Journal)

“A thoughtful work that leaves an appealing aftertaste.” (Drum Magazine)

“A beautiful, lively, passionate disc” (Linda Yohn WEMU 89.1 NPR Station)

“It would be a crime, if this production should dwell in obscurity. Feverishly recommended…” (Glenn Astarita,

“20 best recordings of 2005” (

“****1/2 (four and a half stars)” Drum magazine

"Luz" Pelin Music/PEL2013-2013 "Invisible" Pelin Music/PEL2010-2010 "Of Soul and Shadow" Pelin Music/PEL2007-2007 "Vida" Pelin Music/PEL2004-2004 "Compassion"Fahrenheit Records/FR9806-1998 "The Fruit of Eden" Fahrenheit Records/FR9606-1996

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    Luis Munoz: Invisible by Raul d'Gama Rose
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